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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Michele James

Michele James

Hi, Journeyers! My name is Michele James. Outside of Jesus, my biggest blessings are: my parents, who continue to faithfully build God’s kingdom; my sister, who is one of my biggest encouragers; my two sons, who have taught me about God’s unconditional love; my beautiful daughter-in-law; and my three precious grandchildren.

Being born and raised in Dallas, I may seem like a city girl, but for twelve years I lived in the country while my boys were growing up. This opened up a whole new world of adventures: fishing, hunting, campfires, and lots of mud. It was a boys’ paradise!

September 25, 2017

IF YOU PLAY WITH FIRE, YOU ARE GOING TO GET BURNED!


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Proverbs 6:20-35

Warnings Against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father's commandment,
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they [1] will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman, [2]
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. [3]
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, [4]
but a married woman [5] hunts down a precious life.
27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 6:22 Hebrew it; three times in this verse
[2] 6:24 Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
[3] 6:24 Hebrew the foreign woman
[4] 6:26 Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
[5] 6:26 Hebrew a man's wife

MEMORY VERSES

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.